A woman is most vulnerable and sensitive during her periods. The excruciating cramps and overall weakness she has to go through is topped with the constant trouble of rashes, itching and changing sanitary pads every 3-4 hours to avoid infections. The vaginal area is the most unprotected during those 3-5 days and the synthetic sanitary pads available in the market don’t help the situation either. Many women are making a wise switch to organic pads made from plant based fibres which are not only natural pads but they are also biodegradable.
1. Synthetic pads are harmful for our vaginas
An average woman spends roughly 6.25 years of her lifetime wearing a pad which is a very long time, if you think about it. Eight out of ten women complain of skin problems during their periods. Mostly because regular pads are made of 90% plastics, and can be a direct cause of UTIs, yeast infections, rashes, allergies and painful periods. Studies have even found that the chemicals from synthetic pads can permeate the sensitive vaginal skin and directly enter the bloodstream to cause miscarriages, birth defects and even cervical cancer. Cotton pads are no better as 26% of the worlds’ pesticide is sprayed on cotton. The constant flow combined with the heat and friction with the synthetic top sheet of the pad makes the raw unprotected skin cause irritation, rashes and really painful periods. We are not aware of these alarming facts and we forget to change our pads every 5 hours to allow easy air flow into the body. Organic pads not only keep you safe for those 3-5 days but they will also ensure your body does not face any uncomfortable side effects.
2. Plastic pads pollute the environment tirelessly
Organic menstrual pads are the new future and rightly so, they not only take care of the body but they ensure that the environment does not get harmed tirelessly. We’re sure all of you must have seen that viral picture that showed Mumbai’s Juhu Beach Covered in Plastic Waste. Plastic is so much a threat that the World Environment Day 2018 had only one tagline: Beat Plastic Pollution. Every year 9000 tonnes of sanitary napkin waste is disposed in landfills in India with no source of decomposition for over 450-500 years. Organic pads decompose within 2 years of disposal which is a huge relief to Mother Earth.
3. Synthetic pads can cause cancer
India is one of the countries with the highest rates of cervical cancer (it accounts for almost 23% of all cancers in Indian women, with only breast cancer being higher at 27%). Studies have shown a direct link between HPV infections (Human papillomavirus – direct cause for cervical cancer) and poor menstrual health. (Click here)
4. Education about menstrual hygiene products is key
Women in rural areas still use sari cloths, husk, rags, plant leaves, mud, ash or newspapers during their period days. Once their cycle is over, they wash those cloths and reuse it next month. This is not only unhygienic but is also extremely harmful for the vaginal area. The cloth is already infected with soap and detergent and bacteria from being put to dry outside by the time it’s ready for the next month usage. 70% women in India suffer from reproductive tract infections and 23% school girls drop out of school once they start menstruation. Menstrual hygiene should be made a must for every woman and now with the availability of newer, safer and technologically advanced organic and biodegradable pads, women should make an educated switch to protect their bodies.
So ladies, make the switch now and be free as a women and as a member of this planet and child of this environment. Why not make the first change at home and most importantly to your body? Your body is always your first home and then the environment. Make the switch to organic menstrual pads, natural pads that are organic and biodegradable and see how your body thanks you. The top sheet will be soft and comfortable, you will not be hampered from performing your day to day tasks, and best of all, it will be just another normal day that you will no longer dread the harm from plastic pollution. A win win for you and the environment!